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Another Dwight Howard update that really isn’t an update

Jul 23, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

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And our Dwightmare continues, and likely will for a couple more weeks.

The latest update — which is really a leaked negotiating tactic — comes from Chris Broussard at ESPN.com.

The Orlando Magic have told rival executives that they might not trade Dwight Howard after all, according to league sources.

An executive who has had discussions with the Magic regarding Howard said Orlando only will trade the star center in a deal that is great for the franchise. The executive said this has been Orlando’s stance for the past “week or so.”

If you are trying to maintain leverage and you feel negotiations have stalled, that is exactly what you would say. And leak.

If you are one of the teams involved in talks for Howard and don’t buy into this, the bluff you’d be calling is this: Do you think the Magic organization would be willing to really go through training camp and the media circus every game would be with Howard on the roster just to get a slightly better deal? Because honestly, the deals are not going to start getting better. James Dolan is not coming to the Magic’s rescue. No, the closer to the trade deadline it gets, the more lowball the offers become.

The only trades known on the table are the Rockets mix of picks and young players, plus salary cap relief; and the three-way with Cavaliers and the Lakers that sends Howard to Los Angeles, Andrew Bynum to Cleveland and Anderson Varejao and picks to the Magic. Clearly none of these deals has been good enough to get Orlando to pull the trigger.

The buzz out of Los Angeles and Cleveland and Houston calls everything in a “holding pattern.” Basically, the Magic are willing to wait a few weeks or months to get a better deal. There are other reports they want to make a deal in early August or not long after the Olympics end.

But this is the latest update, that the Magic are saying they don’t need to make a deal.

  1. metalhead65 - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    I still say trade him to the bobcats for some used baketballs and let him know what miserable really feels like for a year.

  2. mikey1977 - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Kudos to the Magic…..If the deals being discussed are subpar….hold out for something better…If nothing better materializes….the same shyty deals will still be available next month….but rest assured, he’ll be gone before camp begins.

  3. mannyicey - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    See, this is what I’ve said weeks ago. I said that I would be surprised if Howard is traded at all. I’ve said that he will play for the Magic, fake an injury if things aren’t going his way and be a big-time free agent and make the most money he can. Howard is blocking the trades. He doesn’t want it.

    Why? Because he can make more money in free agency. He’s getting older and he got hurt with a bad back. That really makes you take stock and start you thinking that your time in the league is short. Therefore, you set yourself up for the rest of your life by signing a huge contract in free agency. See Howard’s just as concerned about his back as any GM should be.

    This really isn’t about Dwight Howard being whiny or anything like that. It isn’t about championships. It’s about Dwight Howard’s future outside of the NBA this go around.

  4. ocgunslinger - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Laker fan here whose stomach turns with the thought of this injured ego-maniac becoming a Laker. I think he would be a cancer in the locker room and it would be the absolute worse move the Laker’s could make. Bynum may have knee and maturity issues but he is a beast when healthy and motivated.

    • therealhtj - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      Too bad Bynum’s only motivated about once per playoff series and against teams with no inside presence.

  5. lawyermalloy - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Management in the magic organization are DELUSIONAL!

  6. pistolpete0903 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Vow….I mean talk about looking bad.
    The word ‘circus’ is an understatement when it comes to this trade; and it’s pretty unprofessional behavior on both sides.
    I wouldn’t sleep on Dallas to pick up Howard (although it might be a tough sell without DWill); but the Mavs have put some nice pieces to entice Howard.

  7. jimeejohnson - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Player wants out. Team doesn’t want to accommodate him. Player regarded as a head case by useful idiots for the rich owners. Typical scenario courtesy of useful idiots, who still believe enabling the rich to get richer will trickle down and make them prosperous. They’re not useful idiots for nothing.

  8. noahbird - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    I heard the LA/Cle/Orl deal just went thru… Not.

  9. dysraw1 - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    the main problem is getting equal value, unless the heat are willing to part with Bosh & Lebron its not going to happen.so Orlando has to decide if they are gonna a be rebuilding team or not the longer they hold out from dealing the more that becomes likely

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